Kindergarten Newsletter, February 4

Upcoming Events/Mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday, February 8: 8 am Mass
  • Friday, February 11: No School, Staff development
  • Monday, February 14: Valentine’s Party in classrooms; don’t forget valentines for friends!  Click for details: Mahr- valentine pass out letter – Firestone valentine pass out letter

This Week:

What a week!  After a few snow days, we made it back to school on Friday just in time to enjoy the last day of Catholic School’s week and the red and white games.  The kids had so much fun cheering on their buddies!

Next Week: We will play catch-up, making up some things that we didn’t get to this past week due to the snow days. We will also begin our 2 week long Olympic unit.  Let the games begin!

Please refer to the valentine handout linked above for guidelines about passing out valentines.  All children SHOULD bring valentines to school on Monday.  We will pass out valentines in the morning and will party in the afternoon! Thank you!

Language Arts: 

  • High Frequency words: New focus words: said, are, of, he, sheWord wall list-February March ; review all words.
  • Journaling: daily journaling continues!  We continue to stress finger spaces, using the word wall and “writing the sounds you hear.”
  • Valentine’s books: we will be working on special valentine’s projects.
  • We will write about our favorite winter sports. We will make a list of summer sports vs. winter sports.
  • We have a new pocket chart song.  Ask your child to sing it to you. Hint: “U.S.A., U.S.A all the way, all the way, we feel so very proud , we feel so very proud…”

Math: We will be wrapping up chapter 6 and moving on to chapter 7 in Go Math.

  • We will be busy keeping track of the U.S. medal count.  Each day we will check the Olympic website and update the graph in our hallway.  We will be keeping track of gold, silver and bronze medals.
  • Centers will continue to focus on addition as well as subtraction now.  Our goal is to be able to “add and subtract within 10” and “FLUENTLY add and subtract within 5”.  We will achieve this by doing different addition and subtraction activities during centers with dice, dominos and other manipulatives.
  • Review representing numbers as “__ tens and __ ones”
  • We will practice counting DOWN from 20.
  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Represent addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent subtraction up to 5 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings
  • Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower

Social Studies: We will continue to study the U.S. flag, our national anthem.  We will compare our flag to the flags of other countries. We will find Beijing on a map.  We will track the different Olympic events! Each day we will gather together in the hallways to update the U.S. medal count.

Religion: We feel God’s love through our families and friends! Through a hug, a kiss, a kind deed, a special treat–there are so many ways we feel God’s love! God asks just one thing of us, to love one another!  We are working hard to “show God’s love to everyone” in kindergarten.  Our new kindness project has us keeping our eyes open, watching for chances to share kindness with others.  Each time a child is caught doing something kind, he/she puts a heart sticker on his/her mitten in the hallway!  God’s love keeps us warm!